2012

Moon Snail Shells

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While in Port Hardy at the craft fair, we saw a woman who  collected Snail Shells and made a

do-dads out of them. So we thought we should go find some and make our own do-dads. We found out that the snails like sand and we knew of Storeys Beach in Port Hardy.

So we set off early to catch low tide.

 


There were many, many shells. Actually, there was an abundance of the shells below. Not the ones we wanted though.

 

We had a great walk as this beach is very long. I did find a moon sail shell as you saw in the photo above. It was a small one but we got ONE!   Click the link to very interesting facts about Moon Snails.

We had a picnic in the park, purchased groceries and went home happy.

Life is good. God’s grace comforts us with peace and His Holy Spirit.

 

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Bausa Cove

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When we went on our half day kayaking jaunt, we went into a cove called Bausa (bouza) Cove. We discovered that access to this cove, other than boat, was through the Forest Campground down the road from us.

This weekend is a holiday for the Canadians. So Telegraph Cove is full of people. Our RV park is full of RVs. Dale and I decided to get out of Dodge for a while and we hiked to the Forest Campground and out to Bausa Cove. Here are some photos of that hike.

Crossing the creek.
Creek flowing into the cove.

 

Jelly fish.

 


 

A selfie!

A blue Jay moved closer and closer to us.

Great driftwood here. We did pick up a rock from Bausa Cove and a cool looking piece of wood.

Life is good. God is protection. A black bear came busting out of the bushes and crossed the road right in front of us on the way home. All I saw was a BIG butt.

Deep Sea Fishing

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Our bosses, Lynn and Chuck, asked us to go boating with them on Thursday. When I found out there was going to be fishing, I got a fishing license online for the day for $10.

We board the Sea Harmony about 10 a.m. and headed out into the Johnstone Strait. It was a pleasure to be out on the water. With much anticipation about catching a salmon and see whales, I don’t know which one was the one I was most looking forward to.

First thing sightseeing as we headed out into the strait was an eagle nest.

We motored out to Black Fish and Chuck taught me what to do to catch a fish. We picked a flasher, a hoochie and put it about 77 feet down.

Gotta keep that tip tight and bent! I got a hit right off and landed a pink salmon. Sadly, it was let go because it was too small. However, we found out later it wasn’t too small. (sob, sob) Chuck brought in a good-sized salmon next. In all, I lost 3 fish (no barbs in the hook) caught another pink and a bass. Chuck caught a Spring.

We trolled around Flower Island waiting for those pesky fish to find our spoon lures. While doing that we got a great show from the humpback whales way out. We could see them blow and move in and out of the water. I got these photo’s with a long lens.

Blow!

We also got a good view of our national bird.

Also saw a couple of Stellar Seals. They were huge.

Many of the “island” out here are inhabited. Either with locals or week-long kayakers.

See the solar! And the wood heated hot tub.

Rip tides are common here and dangerous.

An Orca Lab studies the pods of Killer whales that come “home” each year. Pods are numbered.

Going back to Telegraph Cove.

Remember to click the photos to enlarge. 

Happy. Satisfied. Blessed. And with fish.

Dale’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG6XARpL1Uk&feature=youtu.be

Life is good. God is “I am.”

Disney Has Arrived

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One thing we have enjoyed is watching the big cruise ships traveling to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle. Now, the thing is, we are watching these ships path to Alaska on the Internet  at marinetraffic.com.  We are a bit miffed because their journey pathway takes them behind Hanson Island that we can see the east side of  and the ships go on the west side.

 

Well, this evening we saw that Disney Wonder was coming back from Alaska and going between Malcolm Island and us on Vancouver Island. So, off we ran up the hill to watch it come in. Here’s some photos.

The ship is far out (black dot) from us going about 7 knots. It took about an hour before it reached us in Telegraph Cove.

 

Finally, it came along side where we were standing. Dale had alerted the campground of a ship coming by us so we had a group of people out watching. It is so awesome to see people from Germany, Ireland, B.C and the USA all in a common event.

 

I got the notion to run down to our beach to catch a sight of the boat against the snowy mountains on the mainland of B.C.

Here it is going by our little beach cove.

If you look real close, the tip of the ship lines up with the tip of a snow capped mountain peaking above the clouds.

 

To end our evening, we invited Anna, from Munich, Germany, over for a cup of tea and to get warm. Anna is tenting with another person as they travel through Canada. She is fulfilling a dream of hers of visiting Canada.

 

Life is Great! God’s great love for us is Jesus Christ, His son!

Ferry Time

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Being good planners that we are (**cough**cough**), Dale made reservations for the ferry crossing to Vancouver Island out of Tsawwassen. They were offering a discount if we took a later ferry, so we signed up.

 

When we arrived in Tsawwassen, we found a huge mall there and parked to wait for the 5:45 ferry time. We ate lunch in their food court and walked through the mall. I’m sure we got in our 10,000 steps.

 

When we arrived at the ferry terminal, we paid our $197 Canadian and got in lane 24 as instructed. As we waited, the other lanes filled up. Thankfully, we were put on the ferry quickly.

 

 


 

If you have ever been on a ferry you know they put almost every kind of vehicle on that boat. When I see all these 18 wheelers I gulp. Will this boat hold up all this weight! It did! 🙂

 

I showed you the roof of this side of the ferry because when we got off the ferry and to Costco in Nanaimo, there were white dots all over the car and down the back of the motor home. Yep, bird poop! They must hitched a ride.

 

Leaving the port where the ferry’s dock.
Name of the ferry we were on.

 

Dale taking a photo of us leaving.

We found the cafe. Hot food. Dinner was a cheese burger and salad for me and Dale had chicken and fries.

 

2 hours later we are back on dry ground. We followed that truck out. On our way to Nanaimo.

To see more photo’s of this leg of our journey, click here.  

This will take you to Dale’s website. Click each photo to see a different photo.

Even after our being stopped at the border, we enjoyed Tsawwassen and the ferry ride.  Highway 19 was a virtual freeway and we arrived at our destination by 8 p.m.

Life is good. God is a light in the darkness.

 

Summer Vacation Time

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After about a week and a half, we finally arrived at our destination – Telegraph Cove!

An old mill town now hosts condos, marina, boardwalk with a general store, 2 coffee shops, the Seahorse Cafe and the Pub Restaurant along with the bear tours and the whale tours. Lots of outdoor seating too. This is all on a boardwalk!

Our rig is park so that we have a view of the Johnstone Strait. Yesterday we saw a huge cruise ship passing by on its way to Vancouver, BC. Probably coming from Alaska.

Nope, didn’t get a photo of the ship!

We do like our spot. We can see the whole campground from here.

 

Finally found some flowers for our space. Not a lot of choice but I do like daisies! Proudly displaying our flag!

We can hike to the beach or down to the point where the mouth of the marina is.

Vistas are incredible. Off in the distance on islands are huge snow-capped mountains. Smaller islands dot the sound.

 

This place on earth is incredibly beautiful and we are so thankful to be here. There are hikes we can do. Kayaks we can take out on the water and maybe see whales and other sea animals!

 

We are digging the cooler weather! It gets in the high 60’s when the sun comes out. Last 2 days have had cloud cover all day.

Dale has made his camp host job taking care of the RV park. He’s great dealing with people.  I knew this was probably coming, but I get the one bathroom and 4 shower stalls to clean. Small price to pay for our space and full hook-ups and being able to stay here for 3 months.

Life is exciting and very good. Thanking God for this beautiful place and the opportunity to be here.

 

 

 

Camera’s and Hummingbirds

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Dale has purchased a nazzy Cannon EOS80 for our trip to Vancouver Island. So he is outside learning how to use it.

He found an app for his phone to use to take photo’s. Today’s subject was the hummingbirds.

We purchased a humming bird feeder at the Crane Festival in Lodi California when we were visiting his mom. We love it.

 

He put to good use our tri-pod from the TV dish! It’s going to be heavy lugging around though.

Here’s some shots.

 

As you can see the hummers have been buzzing around our home.   Dale is having a lot of fun with his new toy! I expect some great shots of whales this summer !! 🙂

Life is good on the ranch! God loves us so much!